Lathe tool cabinet

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Project by waynorthwoods posted 03-08-2014 04:17 AM 3853 views 9 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Lumberjocks, this is my first post and I wanted to share this lathe tool cabinet I recently built.

I have been looking for a way to store my lathe tools, I found some great ideas on the web and compiled them into this cabinet. It stores all my lathe tools and is right above the lathe for easy access. I used plexiglass to hold the tools in there places. the case is made from 1/2 and 3/4 baltic birch and joinery is with box joints. I turned the pulls from maple scraps.

if you are wondering what the reddish staining on the drawers is, i sanded through the veneer, its really thin!!
I am thinking I will make some shop veneer and stick it on the front. (half blind box joints, ha)

The cabinet works great although if I made it again I would have made it bigger.

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#1 posted 03-08-2014 04:34 AM

Nice work on the cabinet. I think you will be building a bigger one soon. Those lathe accessories really grow fast. Let’s see some turned projects from that beautiful lathe.

Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 03-08-2014 04:46 AM

I agree it is nice work on the cabinet. But Dave’s comment that “I think you will be building a bigger one soon. Those lathe accessories really grow fast.” So true it never ends! There is always something I just have to have. It is a sickness. Does anyone know of a twelve step program for woodturners?


-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 03-08-2014 04:52 AM

I heard that for woodturners, it’s a fourteen step program…


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#4 posted 03-08-2014 05:13 AM

Very nice cabinet with great organization. However, I agree with the others that a larger version is in your future—just the nature of woodworking.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 03-08-2014 06:42 AM

Herb said he thought it was a fourteen step programme, but forgot to say that was fourteen steps for each lathe, chuck, and tool.

Way I figure it out , if you only got one lathe basically outfitted, that works out to a 5 0r 6 hunnerd step programme. Even if you take the pledge, yer hooped. Whatya gonna do, swear off the big gouge this week, fingernail next etc etc…

Off the edge on the slippery slope and well down it, no gadzillion step programme will ever remove the bug. Best we can do is to try and manage it doncha think. And I think if you do succeed, then if the wood don’t spin you’ll be transmogrifying yer lathe tools into smaller and more expensive carving tools maybe.

And like any of them “programmes”, well they all expect “remissions”and never seem to expect immediate “cures”.perhaps in reflection of reality.

As I get older, I realize I gotta sell off some of my tools, but selling off my first lathe (rockwell beaver) is gonna be an emotional touch!


Love it!!!

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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#6 posted 03-08-2014 12:05 PM

wow, very cool and organized, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#7 posted 03-08-2014 12:36 PM

Wow … a Conover Lathe. And a nice tool cabinet, too!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 03-08-2014 01:17 PM

This is a gr8 idea and build. Everything you need while at the lathe. Gr8 storage build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 03-08-2014 02:31 PM

Well done on the cabinet!

Welcome to LJs, a great place to live, learn & feed you addiction!!

You won’t find anyone here, that will initiate an “intervention” for your addiction….
We are all “enablers” here!!! ;^)

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#10 posted 03-08-2014 03:48 PM

That is a great idea. I gotta build me one of them.

Good job too,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 03-08-2014 03:51 PM

Thanks for the comments, and I am glad that you are all enablers

One thing you cant see in the pic is the length of the lathe, its 12 feet long and built of massive fir timbers, it takes up a great deal of space in my shop. Really heavy and stable, its great to turn on. I upgraded the belt recently to a link belt, this makes it even smoother and really helps with cold weather turning (which is most of the year in the Yukon).

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#12 posted 03-08-2014 07:20 PM

Excellent tool cabinet for all your turning tools and lathe accessories….nicely done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#13 posted 03-08-2014 08:46 PM

Nice work on the tool cabinet.I admit I am a sucker for cabinets for tools ,especially recently those office type with fifteen or ten drawers I store a lot of stuff in them. I find that they work great .I am sure you know the kind made out of steel,I wish they looked half as nice as yours does, but I have to say cabinets in a shop lookgreat and are great.In reality you can never have enough for storage. I like everything to be neat and tidy when I am in the shop.LOL I would not like to show you my woodshop today as it is a mess as I am working on a special box for Bronwens office of my own time consuming design .Have fun Fellow Jocks and thanks for showing your newest project.Kindest regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#14 posted 03-08-2014 09:26 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. Nice job on the cabinet. Now how about some pictures of the lathe? That looks pretty nice to!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#15 posted 03-09-2014 05:18 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed & Well Done! Thanks For Sharing. Welcome to LJ’s!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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